Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Maternity: Emily + Rich

I can't believe its taken me this long to post these photos. But SO thrilled to finally be doing so!!!
Rich and Emily are one of the sweetest couples you'll ever meet. Their heart for Jesus and their love for each other and their little family is so apparent in everything they do. I met Emily through work a couple of years ago, and we became pregnant with our first babies within months of each other. It was so helpful and fun to have someone to compare prego stories with and she has become such a dear friend. (In fact, Rich photographed my wedding in Costa Rica and Emily and baby were able to come with.. and the trio seriously MADE our wedding. En Serio.)
Anyway Elisha is now 6 months old. (How is that possible?) But I figure its never too late to share his momma's beautiful baby bump pics. I should also note that Emily has started her own business selling adorable handmade paci-clips and teethers. Go check out her stuff on Etsy!
Hope ya'll love these images as much as I do! As always.. they were shot with oh so much love!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Birthday: Brooklyn Is One!

Alright.. so its beyond ridiculous how many lovely events and families I've shot since my last blogpost. My biggest problem is when I get behind, I have this idea that somehow I'm going to be able to catch up and blog all of them in order that I shot them. Which of course.. never happens and then months go by and no blog post happens at all. Laaammeee. 
So I figured I would just start fresh and post pics from an adorable first birthday party that I shot this past Saturday. That's right. Not even 2 days ago and boom.. blog post. Just like that! 
Little Brooklyn turned one and her parents wanted to celebrate with close family and friends. Brooklyn's lovely grandmother hosted the party at her gorgeous home in Woodland Hills.. and momma Danielle used her party planning skills to put together the perfect first birthday celebration. It included different shades of pink, gold and neutrals... a posh play area in the backyard.. mexican catering and plenty of sweets.. and of course.. baby Brooklyn. What more could one ask for? 
I love these photos.. and mostly I loved getting to meet this sweet family. Brooklyn was such a champ! She decided to skip her nap and still behaved like the perfect little lady. 
Happy Birthday Brooklyn! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Maternity: Ellen + Hendo

Ellen and Hendo (dad's name is Mike.. but he goes by Hendo :) are incredibly special to me. So I was thrilled when I got the chance to document this special time in their lives. Ellen is an animal lover so of course she wanted to include their furry family member in the shoot (which I loved since he is extremely photogenic!). Ellen is also extremely creative and has a great eye for all things pretty! So she went shopping at Free People (the tea dress from Free People is to die on her!) and Urban Outfitters to put her looks together and I'm thrilled with how this shoot turned out.
We started in their home in Ventura, California and then drove up into the hills of Ventura where we were blessed with some incredible light! I have to say that this shoot is particularly special.. since the morning after the shoot Ellen's water broke! She was over 8 weeks early.. the nursery wasn't nearly ready.. they hadn't decided on a name and her original birth plan included a doula and a local birthing center. The hospital staff kept baby in momma's belly for as long as they could.. but babygirl Henderson didn't want to wait. At 3 lbs. 11 oz., she came out 7 1/2 weeks early and had to be kept in the NICU for quite some time. During those difficult weeks.. Ellen and Hendo leaned on their loving community and showed an incredible amount of hope and courage. And I'm very happy to report that Miah progressed well and is now happy, healthy and oh-so-perfect!! 
By the way, they decided to name their daughter Miah... because the bible verse that had had provided them with so much comfort and peace is found in the book of Jeremiah. *happysigh* 
As a footnote, Bentley (the adorable dog featured here) actually passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago. When I heard the news it broke my heart and...  it made me happy that he had been such a star of this shoot. 
Ellen + Hendo.. don't know what to say to you that Hendo won't make fun of me for later.. so I'll avoid the cheesiness and just tell you that I heart you mucho and can't wait for your upcoming family shoot! 

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